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abhor
24 uses
She abhors violence.
abhors = hates or detests
DefinitionGenerally abhor means:
to hate or detest something
Word Statistics
Book24 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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acquit   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
she was acquitted
It took the jury only 30 minutes to acquit her of the murder charge.
acquit = officially find "not guilty"
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acquit means:
officially find "not guilty" of criminal charges
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
she acquitted herself well
Although they did not win, the team acquitted itself well and we were proud to have them represent us.
acquitted = handled oneself in a specified way
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acquit means:
to handle oneself in a specified way — which is typically in a positive way
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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ameliorate
1 use
The drug ameliorates the toxic effects of chemotherapy.
ameliorates = improves (something that is bad)
DefinitionGenerally ameliorate means:
to improve — especially a bad situation
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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amiable
14 uses
She seemed an ideal candidate—attractive, amiable, intelligent and energetic.
amiable = friendly and kindly
Word Statistics
Book14 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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benevolent
22 uses
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
Word Statistics
Book22 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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conjecture
12 uses
She dismissed it as mere conjecture.
conjecture = a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence
DefinitionGenerally conjecture means:
a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence; or the act of forming of such a conclusion or opinion
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
Web Links
contrast
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
there is a contrast
The contrast in their leadership styles is striking. Olivia motivated people with fear. Isabella motivated them with praise.
contrast = notable difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
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despondent
12 uses
When her mother died, she was so despondent it was hard for her to get out of bed.
despondent = depressed
DefinitionGenerally despondent means:
emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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direct   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 21 uses
1  —17 uses as in:
directed her question to
The sprinkler head needs to be fixed so it directs water away from the house.
directs = aims
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or to cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "intentionally directed fire at unarmed civilians" — aimed a gun
  • "directed the question to her" — aimed a question
  • "directed her north" — pointed in a particular direction
  • "directed attention to the 3rd paragraph" — focused attention on a particular object
  • "The sound of her voice directed him to the kitchen." — guided or gave directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • "She directed him to the airport." — gave directions to send someone to a particular place
  • "She directed the boat north." — steered it
  • "directed the letter to" — send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
2  —2 uses as in:
directed the jury to...
On the SAT test, some questions direct you to look at an underlined or numbered portion of a passage.
direct = instruct
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useIntr.
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?  —2 uses
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
dogmatic
1 use
The dogmatic coach is fond of saying, "My way's the right way. Your way's the wrong way!"
dogmatic = prone to stating opinions as absolute truth
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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entreat
18 uses
She flattered and entreated him until he agreed to help.
entreated = asked or attempted to persuade
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
Word Statistics
Book18 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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epithet
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
racial epithet
Both sides are hurling the Nazi epithet.
epithet = an insulting or abusive word or phrase
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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implement
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a small implement
They found a skeleton along with a number of implements belonging to the Stone Age.
implements = small tools or other useful objects
DefinitionGenerally this sense of implement means:
a small tool or other useful object
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 14
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penury
2 uses
The couple suffered from substance abuse, gambling, lack of family support, and other social ills that lead to penury.
penury = extreme poverty
DefinitionGenerally penury means:
a state of extreme poverty or destitution
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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sagacious
2 uses
She is a smart and sagacious statesman.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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transitory
4 uses
Do not be concerned about mild, transitory symptoms.
transitory = lasting a short time
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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vacillate
1 use
She was determined and did not vacillate in the least.
vacillate = to change one's mind back and forth between conflicting ideas
DefinitionGenerally vacillate means:
to change one's mind back and forth between conflicting ideas

or:

to sway back and forth
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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wretch
25 uses
Pity the poor wretch.
wretch = someone  you feel sorry for
DefinitionGenerally wretch means:
someone  you feel sorry for

or:

a person of bad character
Word Statistics
Book25 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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